The recommended path for the tour is to take the elevator up to the third floor and work your way down. This floor is labeled "History" and has everything from movie cars to one-off designs from the 1950s.
Not surprising given its proximity to Hollywood, the Petersen has a number of movie cars. The 1951 Chrysler on the left was one of two built for Howard Hughes and RKO studios. Next to that, the Volkswagen Bus from "Little Miss Sunshine." Peeking out behind that, the 1965 Lincoln Continental used in "Entourage."
Like all Italian automakers, Fiat has made its fair share of beautiful cars, but something like this probably isn't what most people think of when they hear the Fiat name. The 8V Supersonic was designed by Ghia.
Four pipes on this side, four on the other. Yep, it sure is a V-8 motorcycle. The 1994 Morbidelli had a 0.85-liter V-8 and a body by Pininfarina. It would cost nearly $100,000 in today's money. Only four prototypes were made.
Brightened here so you can see the cars better, this curving projection wall added motion to the static displays of the cars beneath. The one in front is a 1938 Graham Model 97 Cabriolet. Though you may have never heard of Graham Motors, it eventually left automobile manufacturing and became the Madison Square Garden Corporation.
Back to the lobby and soon to home. The massive screen features an Instagram showcase for people who tag the museum in images, and video clips with celebrities talking about their favorite cars. My favorite touch: the four clocks you see above the screen, with the local time and the time in Daytona, Suzuka and my personal favorite, Le Mans, home of the greatest auto race in the world.
In short, the museum is definitely worth a trip for any car fan. Check out Petersen.org for more info.
Like most museums, the Petersen regularly changes their exhibits. We revisited to check out the Porsche Effect, but while we were checking out those German lovelies, we also checked out some of the beautiful red Ferraris that are currently upstairs. This, for example, is an 857 Sport. It was imported to LA in 1956, and is the only 857 with a fin.